Although the week was moderately successful, that's not to say that it wasn't long. It was loooong. And tiring.
Which is why I had the babysitter come to my rescue this morning.
A while ago I read on a friend's blog that she had a mother's helper come in once in a while to watch her kiddos so that she could do anything she wanted. And I was like, ZOMG, we can do that?
Of course she had five children and at the time I only had two, and past Eva thought I would look like a total pansy for needing help with my two measly kids. Oh, past Eva.
But then I had another baby, and I was no sooner home from the hospital than I started looking for a babysitter of my very own. Through care.com I found several charming young ladies who the kids absolutely adore, and I've had a few mornings off every month ever since.
(One reason--besides feelings of unworthiness--that I didn't get a babysitter before this summer was the budget--I mean, who's got the money for that? But during the last few months I undertook a mass decluttering and sold a lot of stuff on Craigslist and facebook groups. The house is neater AND I get to rest my ears once in a while. Win/win!)
This is what my most recent morning off looked like:
7:30 - My hero arrives! I give her the lowdown and then CJ and I take off for preschool.
7:50 - After dropping CJ off at his classroom, I treat myself to an unaccompanied trip to the restroom. I didn't have to remind anyone not to open the stall door while I was making use of the facilities. Also no one licked the floor. AHEM Ender.
8:15 - Wow I usually don't start my morning off this early, what's even open at this ungodly hour? Hmmmm. Oh yes, Jiffy Lube. I let the van get some long-overdue service while I leisurely peruse magazines in the waiting room. Heaven, I'm telling you.
Yum, Sweet Potato Ginger Soup. Definitely trying that.
9:00 - To the bank! Did not have to prevent anyone from writing on the walls and no one had a temper tantrum because I wouldn't let them fill their pockets with the provided suckers.
9:30 - Starbucks for a Cinnamon Chai Tea.
9:45 - Hit up St. Vinny's and try not to buy all the things. I did well; I only bought one of the things! Namely this corduroy skirt.
Perfect for fall!
10:15 - Off to my other most favorite place in the world, conveniently just up the street from St. Vinny's--the Habitat ReStore! That's where I found this uber cute bed for Noni a few weeks ago
10:45 - Grocery shopping. No one cried! I think I held it together admirably even though they didn't have any craisins this week and eggs were $2.39/dozen. What is that about?
11:00 - Pick up my best guy.
11:15 - Home again! Refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to make lunch for my minions.
And that's how it's done.
God bless our babysitter, for I would surely yell a lot more if I didn't have her occasional help.